Moore Norman Technology Center will host the third annual Taste of the South event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the South Penn Campus located at SW 134th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Tickets are $20 and are available for advance purchase only.

Taste of the South includes 22 south Oklahoma City and Moore restaurants that share samples of their menu items. There also is a business expo featuring 25 area businesses and a silent auction. Music is provided throughout the evening by the 395th Army Band Jazz Combo.

Local corporate sponsors for the event include Top of the World, Allegiance Credit Union and Realtor Glen Cosper. Some of the restaurants to attend include Alfredo’s Mexican Restaurant, Boomerang Grille, Louie’s Grill and Bar, Carino’s Italian Restaurant, Earl’s Rib Palace, Banchetto’s, Café Broccato, Ted’s Café Escondido, Two Olives Café, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Swadley’s BBQ, Dad’s Diner, Chick-fil-A, The Blue Bean Coffee Co., Michael’s Catering, Johnnie’s Sweet Creations and more.

The event is coordinated by MNTC’s HIRE program. HIRE, which stands for Help in Reaching Employment, is a program that assists parents in poverty by providing training and employment services. For 18 years, MNTC’s HIRE program has worked in partnership with businesses and community agencies to encourage positive outcomes for families in the Moore, Norman and south Oklahoma City communities.

The event’s proceeds will benefit the HIRE program, The Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and a former MNTC student who recently experienced severe burns through an act of domestic violence. The Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization that educates individuals in the public and private sector, promotes legislation to address domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking issues and promotes awareness activities across the state.

“Each year this event has grown larger and more exciting for those that attend,” HIRE Program Coordinator Becky Boyd said. “Most importantly, the proceeds will benefit families in our community. Tickets do sell fast, so we encourage people to order soon.”

For more information or about MNTC’s Taste of the South or to purchase tickets, visit www.mntechnology. com or call 364-5763, extension 7404. Tickets may be purchased using any major credit card, checks or cash.

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